WASHINGTON, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), the largest carrier-neutral internet infrastructure services provider and the sole operator of Office 365 and Microsoft Azure in the Chinese Mainland market, and GigaTrust, the market leader for Microsoft-based email and document protection software solutions for mobile devices, announced today that they have signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the China market. Pursuant to the agreement, 21Vianet will market and sell the portfolio of GigaTrust security products to enterprises and Office 365 cloud subscribers in China. This partnership will provide Office 365 enterprise customers in China the ability to protect and render secure emails and documents from anywhere using Android and iPhone mobile devices.
21Vianet has more than 15 years’ experience in internet infrastructure services, with its core businesses covering data center management, managed network service, content distributed network service and cloud computing. The Company worked with Microsoft to successfully launch Office 365 services this April, delivering for the first time the familiar Office productivity suite, now equipped with more advanced communication and collaboration tools, as a local cloud service to business and government customers throughout China. The Company will leverage its cloud operation and service excellence to provide one-stop public cloud services to customers in China. According to Forrester Research, China is one of the fastest growing markets for public cloud services in the world and forecast to grow from $300M in 2011 to $3.8B by 2020.
With the availability of GigaTrust’s secure mobility products, 21Vianet will provide Office 365 customers with a comprehensive security solution for both Android and iPhone devices, enabling highly adaptable cross-platforms and cross-devices experience. Subscribers of Office 365 in China will be able to protect and consume protected emails and documents (Office docs and PDF formats) from anywhere securely to or from the mobile device. In the past two years, smartphone sales in China have quadrupled, making China one of the world’s largest Smartphone markets in the world according to research firm IDC. Today, China has nearly 1 billion mobile phone users with roughly 40% or 400 million currently using smartphones, forecasted to reach 800 million by 2020.
Wing-Dar Ker, President of MS Cloud Business Unit at 21Vianet, stated, "Information security on mobile devices is a critical business requirement for Office 365 cloud customers. 21Vianet is pleased to deliver the industry’s leading mobility security solution from GigaTrust to Office 365 customers in China."
"BYOD mobile environments are growing across all markets and GigaTrust is dedicated to providing secure email and document access to mobile devices anywhere. We are very excited to work with 21Vianet to provide GigaTrust’s mobile security products to Office 365 customers in China and to participate in the exponential growth of the China public cloud services market combined with the largest number of smartphone users worldwide," said Bob Bernardi, Chairman and CEO of GigaTrust.